The Snowman (Harry Hole #7)
Inspector Harry Hole is convinced there is a link bet...more
Admittedly, I did have to work a little to get into the book at first. The Snowman is the seventh Harry Hole novel, so I felt a bit like I was overhearing the middle of a conversation. I also had somewhat of a learning curve to overcome when it came to the landscape, characters, and the political structure of the N...more
I did not know this was a series and this was the 7th of said series, but it wasn't really a huge issue, as far as I know.... there may have been a few references that I did not get, but if I'm being honest that happens a lot to me regardless of if a book is part of a series or not.
As a mystery, I thought it was really good, I kep...more
I like reading stories in international locat...more
A woman disappears and a few months earlier Inspector Harry Hole had received a threatening note. He is convinced that their is a connection. Then a second woman disappears. Harry and his detectives soon discover a disturbing tale of women, married with children, who have gone missing without a trace over a chillingly large number of years. The clues will take him down so many false roads that his job is on the line not once, but twic...more
tbr busting 2013
#7 in Harry Hole series
translated by Don Bartlett
dedication: For Kirsten Hammervoll Nesbø
map of Oslo City Centre
Opening: It was the day the snow came.
The totem pole in Nordnes Park, Bergen is a gift from Seattle.
Good enough but not quite a 4*
#35 TBR Busting 2013
4* The Redbreast #3
3* The Redeemer #6
3* The Snowman #7
A little of the serial crime genre goes a long way for me: I like a well written, plausible, suspenseful (sordid and creepy) novel like my first encounter with Jo Nesbø's work has provided me, the über-wack madness that is "The Snowman". But once I've read something like this , I feel like I have to take a shower for an hour and a half, guilty that I took any pleasure in the (admittedly, fictional) sick machinations of an author's hyperactive imagination.
I don't know if it's just me...more
Although this is the 7th book in the Harry Hole series, I cannot recall one good reason why you should not just delve int...more
This is a serial killer novel, set in a country where serial killers are an anomaly and the only detective experienced in dealing with them has a less than stellar reputation with his peers.
Detective Inspector Harry Hole is smart, but he has a bad habit of doing things his own way. He’s also an alcoholic and bitter over a failed relationship with the woman he love...more
Little snowflakes start to fall taunting us with what's to come. Flurries grow stronger settling softly on the ground, powdery and fluffy at first but darkness soon takes hold, the cycle turns. Subfreezing temperatures, crystals formulate and yet dipped in magical moonlight everything sparkles and glisten. This brings a gentle calm of all things white and beautiful..............until someone builds a Snowman!
November Oslo, Jo Nesbø brings us into hi...more
'the other end!' she exclaimed, removing her hands from her face. 'we'll have to begin at the other end. in bergen!'
'no,' harry whispered with the last air he had left in his lungs. 'bergen's not an end. could you ...?'
he looked up at her. saw her dark eyes fill with tears.
"IT'S MY PERIOD,' she whispered.
honestly. i'm amazed i bothered to finish. i was completely unable to get lost in the characters or believe the...more
I liked the number of misdirections and twists and turns in this case. I did predict the villain about halfway through, but I was unsure of my prediction until the end. I now want to read more Harry Hole books. Looks like I might have to do some e-book shopping.
One night, after the first snowfall of the year, a boy named Jonas wakes up and discovers that his mother has disappeared. Only one trace of her remains: a pink scarf, his Christmas gift to her, now worn by the snowman that inexplicably appeared in their yard earlier that day. Inspector Harry Hole suspects a link between the missing woman and a suspicious letter he’s received. The case deepens when a pattern emerges: over the past decade, eleven women have vanished—all on the day of the first s
I have read hundreds of crime novels in my time, because my mum read them and used to lend them to me. This one was quite competent and fairly well written. The characters were interesting. The plot hung together pretty well, though it was very complex. Some of the red herrings were quite good, I was convinced that the mould m...more
And that for me was the problem with Joe Nesbø’s The Snowman: The concept and characters, the themes, twists and shock tactics of the writing and the underlying multiple murder mystery scenario, seemed formulaic from t...more
The imperfect & driven nature of inspector Harry...more
This is the first book I've read by Jo Nesbo and it was such an engrossing book I'll certainly read more of his works. "The Snowman" does what every good thriller and crime novel should do - it kept me guessing and kept me tur...more
It begins with a snowman facing a house. Murder follows. And we discover the modus operandi of the serial killer. There is the snowman-p-and t...more
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